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Would you consider the audio edition of Gone to be better than the print version?
Yes, very much because some parts were supported by the appropriate audio violin selections.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Main character, Min - this is an autobiography essentially and the story spends a lot of time "inside" her head.
What aspect of Rebecca Yeo’s performance would you have changed?
I felt her performance was unnecessarily melodramatic, especially at the beginning. Either her cadence became more relaxed and varied towards the end or I grew accustomed to it. Her performance felt forced.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Towards the end, I had trouble putting it down.
Any additional comments?
I would have enjoyed the book more if there were additional pieces of violin music added to the audio, especially when the author had taken time to develop the importance of that music in her professional and personal life. The book also has numerous references to classical music and having some familiarity to violin concertos would add to your enjoyment.
The story was very well written. It was so sad and frustrating to read, over and over, how Min's boyfriend, Matt, bullied and controlled her. So much so, that he was responsible for her violin being stolen, after he bullied her into leaving it in an unsafe place. And then he did not take responsibility for what he did; instead making it seem like it was her fault.
The reader has a lisp, which was distracting and annoying. Also, I wish I'd known, as I read the book, that it's possible now to download the music that goes along with the story. That should be made clear!